Microsoft wants to use the Kinect to determine if the viewing audience has enough "per-user-view" licenses to watch a movie, TV show, or special event. From the patent application:
A content presentation system and method allowing content providers to regulate the presentation of content on a per-user-view basis. Content is distributed an associated license option on the number of individual consumers or viewers allowed to consume the content. Consumers are presented with a content selection and a choice of licenses allowing consumption of the content. The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.
If the studios decide to use the Kinect to limit viewers of a title, will you be putting a towel over the Kinect (or unplugging it) before streaming movies or showing a pay-per-view event at a party?
via the Launch Ticker.
Did you watch the Emmy Awards tonight? Netflix has about 39 nominated shows on streaming, according to the Netflix Blog:
For US members, we’re thrilled to let you know you can stream 39 Emmy-nominated series on Netflix, including a few series you will only find exclusively here: Mad Men, most nominated series of the year with 17 noms (wow!), Breaking Bad (13 noms!), a truly addictive viewing experience, and The Walking Dead, which will scare the life out of you.
If you’re looking to laugh, we have the most innovative comedies of the year, includingPortlandia, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Louie, American Dad, Parks & Rec, and the eternally entertaining Saturday Night Live. If you’re more in the mood for a drama, check out Downton Abbey, Damages, Bones, Sherlock, Parenthood, Luther, and the one that's always hitting a high note, Glee. You can also stream some of the best non-fiction series including Mythbusters, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Deadliest Catch.Finally, for the kids who love to watch Netflix, there are lots of great Emmy-nominated shows including Wizards of Waverly Place, Phineas & Ferb, iCarly, and Good Luck Charlie.
What's your favorite show on streaming?
Reader Jonathan watches a lot of Netflix since he cut the cable TV cord, and since he used more than 270gb of data, Comcast notified him that he was nearing the limit of his "monthly data usage allowance." Jonathan wondered how Comcast was able to send this message, and it turns out that they injected the message code into webpages he was viewing.
The notice reads: "You have reached 90% of your monthly data usage allowance. Please sign in for more information and to remove this alert."
You can use up to 2.3 gigabytes of data per hour if you're watching streaming in HD resolution, according to the Netflix help system.
Has anyone else seen this warning from Comcast?
paidContent reports that Analyst Tony Wibble believes the studios are becoming addicted to Netflix streaming money (and upgraded the stock from "sell" to "neutral").
For one, Wible noted that TV Everywhere — the cable industry’s attempt to counteract subscription video-on-demand services like Netflix and Hulu by porting over pay TV content to digital devices — is moving at an “embarrassingly slow pace.”
Wible also believes Netflix’s pipeline to premium Hollywood content remains safe, even though content licensors like Viacom are seeing their traditional models negatively impacted by subscription streaming.
In fact, referring to what he calls a “studio addiction” on Netflix, Wible described something of a vicious circle, whereby media companies see their ratings and ad revenue hurt by Netflix streaming, and respond by licensing even more content to the service.
Kottke reports that HBO has put the first episode of the new Aaron Sorkin series Newsroom on YouTube for free, and in a similar move Showtime has put the first episode of the new season of Weeds on Facebook (but you have to watch and episode of Episodes first).
Too bad it's just a tease and we're probably years away from watching HBO or Showtime shows without a cable subscription.
TechCrunch reports that at a BBC meeting a senior exec said that if the BBC content was offered through streaming services like Netflix it could wipe out up to 80% of BBC revenue.
According to one account of a presentation made last Friday by Dan Heaf, EVP and managing director of digital for BBC Worldwide (the BBC’s commercial arm), Heaf reportedly said that if everyone got their BBC content via services like Netflix at its current subscription rates — the equivalent of $7.99 or £5.99 per month — it could wipe out 80 percent of BBC Worldwide’s revenues. To be clear, the BBC, which didn’t invite media to the event, has denied the percentage. But it does admit that its digital business is less profitable and generates less revenues for it right now as they transition away from more traditional forms of media, and that is driving the company to find new ways to grow that digital business:
“Audiences are transitioning from physical to digital platforms and BBC Worldwide understands the importance of using these new platforms in order to grow reach and revenue. However, as digital platforms can be less profitable than traditional physical platforms, BBC Worldwide is managing the transition by developing new additive [digital] revenues,” a spokesperson says, citing live events,BBC.com and BBC Global iPlayer as three of these.
Home Media Magazine cites a Parks Associate report that says customers are checking Netflix before renting movies on video on demand or watching HBO or Showtime.
Dallas-based Parks found that 16% of U.S. broadband homes consider using an SVOD service such as Netflix (or Hulu Plus) when watching movies on VOD. Another 17% of respondents check out Netflix before watching programming on premium channels such as HBO and Showtime.
The latter statistic is noteworthy considering Time Warner-owned HBO is aggressively seeking to circumvent the rise in SVOD popularity through its acclaimed HBO Go platform, which allows subscribers to access the premium channel's programming in high-definition on myriad consumer electroncis devices any time.
While I was on break Netflix announed the launch of a content delivery Network called Open Connect.
Around the world, people are enjoying nearly a billion hours per month of movies and TV shows from Netflix. We’ve been delivering these petabytes of data exclusively through commercial content delivery networks.
Now, in addition to these general-purpose commercial CDNs, we are enabling ISPs to get Netflix video data from Open Connect, a single-purpose Netflix content delivery network we’ve established. The world’s other major Internet video provider, YouTube, has long had its own content delivery network. Given our size and growth, it now makes economic sense for Netflix to have one as well. We’ll continue to work with our commercial CDN partners for the next few years, but eventually most of our data will be served by Open Connect.
Like commercial CDNs, Open Connect will provide the Netflix data at no cost to the locations the ISP desires, or ISPs can choose to get the Netflix data at common internet exchanges. About 5% of Netflix data is already being served by Open Connect.
What's interesting about Open Connect is that Netflix is sharing how they're doing this for free, explaining the hardware design and making the Open Connect software open source. Information about Open Connect, including details about the hardware & software, can be found online at http://openconnect.netflix.com/.
There was a bit of a fuss when this was announced, but Dan Rayburn (more informed about this topic than me), tries to explain what this means to companies like Akamai, Level 3 and Limelight.
My two young daughters asked me over the weekend to install new Disney iOS apps that use the TV Everywhere model to allow streaming of show from Disney Channel, Disney Jr., and Disney XD (they're doing a serious ad blitz on the channels). The apps are slick and well-designed, and my we had to take the iPad away from my youngest because she would have spent the entire weekend watching her shows.
As Daniel Frankel on paidContent notes, the apps actually compliment Netflix's library by only offering a sampling of recent shows, while Netflix has entire seasons. This could change, of course, but in the meantime I can see my kids watching some shows on Netflix and others on the Disney apps. It'll be interesting to see if the free but authenticated apps get entire seasons or a few shows.
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